First of all, any and all sales are good. Selling my work lets me continue doing my work, something I thoroughly enjoy (and it keeps me out of trouble). But my first reaction when that piece sold was happiness that "someone understood what I'm saying".
I'm not a great communicator. You'd know this easily if you knew me in person. I often stumble on words and spend time reaching for the elusive way to tell you how I feel. then the next person comes along and speaks so eloquently and I'm like, "Yeah, what she said."
So when I make a piece of jewelry that really speaks to me, something that has a subject or a technique that is special for some reason, I feel like the buyer and I "communicated" in some way.
Kind of like they're saying, "I get you, Laura." And that's a nice feeling.
My jewelry is not speaking in any literal sense of the word. While there can occasionally be an actual "story" behind the inspiration for making a piece, that's not a given. The communication I am talking about having with the customer is a bit more ethereal.
One of the reasons I tend to make jewelry that I like is because it makes me happy. I've had jobs where I have to do what others want. But in my studio, I can mostly make what I want. I say "mostly" because I do take on the occasional custom order and while I still like doing custom orders, it's more stressful than me just experimenting and creating without a finite plan.
But I digress. This blog post is my round about way of saying that I appreciate all y'all who look at my jewelry and feel something, whether it's thumbs up for a job well done or a passionate "I have to have that" because I'm telling a story you want to hear. I appreciate each and every one of you.
So thanks! When you buy (or even comment on) my pieces that are maybe a bit off the beaten path, it makes me feel closer to being in communication with you.